Members: Jesse Weber, Ketan Kulkarni, Dan Schmitt, Stephanie Thorup
The Phoenix Philosophy pushes the envelope when it comes to answering the question: how is rock music evolving in the postmodern musical landscape? Sonically, the band employs commanding guitars dueled against a potent influence of electronics, synths, and unforgettable vocal hooks. Visually, they bring a memorable live show with a unique live setup including an accompanying light show and a high-energy performance.
The Phoenix Philosophy has been hard at work establishing themselves in the music scene over the last 3 years by touring throughout the Midwest. Their strong ability to reach out to their fans has earned them a loyal following throughout the region leading them to sell out venues through out the 5 state area (venues such as 7th Street Entry/ First Avenue â Minneapolis, MN, and The Beat Kitchen - Chicago, IL). The bandâs music has also reached the ears of listeners across the country having songs featured on stations such as 93X/KXXR (Minneapolis), MIT Radio (Boston), and SLY/UCl Radio (Chicago), as well as features on www.unsignedpunk.com and www.musicgoround.com as band of the month.
For the 4th EP, Leap Of Faith demonstrates The Phoenix Philosophyâs inimitable established character and musical direction. It is not just a new recording with a fresh sound: it is an assertion of a band standing at a new pinnacle of its developmentâjourneying far from home; writing, scrapping, rewriting, all amidst four individuals struggling to compromise on establishing a singular identity, and throughout the process, having found it. For the Leap Of Faith EP, the band teamed up Chicago-based producer, Jesse Christenson of Midcoast Audio Group. Christensonâs expertise stems from working under Sean O'Keefe (producer of Fall Out Boy, The Plain White T's) and has proven, via his original work, to possess an amazing ear for fostering memorable hooks in every element of song.